The Critics’ Choice

I’m a very egotistical person. I like it, when people like me. It’s the “performer” in me. I crave people’s approval.

Lately in the world of Multi-Level Marketing blogs and message boards, I have developed somewhat of a reputation of being a Quixtar IBO that is “liked” by Quixtar critics.

A Quixtar critic recently told me that(I’m paraphrasing)”I hate Quixtar, but if I was gonna be in the biz, I’d join under you”

An IBO also asked me, “How do you get all those critics to like you?”

I don’t have a clear cut answer to that. I did not set out to gain approval from critics of my business. I merely wanted to gain some understanding of their disapproval. I wanted to find some common ground.

I know that there are those in the business world that view business as a “war”…an “us versus them” situation; someone must win, someone must lose, and profit is doled out in the “body count”.

Maybe some Quixtar IBOs see me as more of one of the “thems” than one of the “us”. I believe that I’m firmly in the Quixtar “camp”; but a good soldier can question the leadership of the Generals in charge, and still carry out his duty. Our forefathers questioned the government of Great Britain and said, “it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

So I may tick off an occasional IBO with my views, but I just want to provide “new Guards”; new thinking, to a business I believe in as strongly as they do.

I see “business” like the handyman that I once was. Something is broke, you fix it…something is working, you maintain it…something needs renovation, you replace the “bad”, with the “good.”

In Comedy, if a joke doesn’t get a laugh, you replace it. If it gets a laugh, you keep it and build more jokes around that laugh, to keep it going. And if one audience doesn’t like your act, you try it out in front of a few others, before you trash the entire “set”. Sometimes, you just don’t perform well in front of one group.

So, I guess I’m saying whether I am the “critics’ choice’ or a new IBO’s sponsor; I’ll continue to practice what I preach, and let those around me decide if it’s worth it or not.

But, I’ll take praise when I can get it.

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2 Responses to The Critics’ Choice

  1. Loser says:

    If I haven’t said it, then I’ll say it now:

    “I hate Quixtar, but if I was gonna be in the biz, I’d join under you”

    or some one in Fred’s team. Retail only peeps.

  2. Janet says:

    Here’s my opinion on why you are “critic-approved” — you treat your business like a business, not like a religion, nor an ongoing motivational seminar, not a social circle nor a consulting firm looking for employees. You retail, you follow the rules, you take the financial end of the business seriously.

    I think most “Quixtar critics” are more critical of the AMOs and Quixtar’s acceptance of them than they are of Quixtar’s actual business plan. Since you are working the business end, not the motivational hype, your experiences, knowledge and methods are respected.

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